(MAY 31) In a battle of unbeaten
champions, WBF and WBO female middleweight titlelist Christina
Hammer scored a close ten-round unanimous decision over light
middleweight beltholder Maria Lindberg at an SES promoted show
in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, to regain supremacy at the
160 pounds limit.
Both champions engaged in a
fast-paced, high action bout from the get-go. While indberg was
the aggressor, Hammer tried to use her longer reach effectively
and outbox her challenger.
Most of the early rounds were very close and hard to score. Only
the third was a clear stanza for the champion, when she caught
Lindberg with a couple of hard shots to
bloody her nose. Willing and eager to become a two division
world champion, Lindberg, from Sweden, got herself right back
into the fight and scored with good
punches as well.
In the second part of the
contest, Hammer, from Germany, slowly took over with faster and
more accurate combinations. Her work rate increased and she had
more success than earlier and won rounds more convincing. It was
still a tough fight, with Lindberg very much in it and having
some good moments of her own. Hammer seized the deal in the
tenth and final round, when she pushed herself even more and
outfought her dangerous
challenger. After the bout’s conclusion, both fighters offered
their respect to each other and waited for the official verdict
to be announced. Scores read 98:92 and 97:93 twice, all for
To most ringside observers, the
scores –especially the 98:92-call – were too wide, they had seen
a much closer battle after all. But still, there was no doubt
about the winner.
Scoring her career best victory,
Hammer moves her record to a perfect 10-0 with 7 knockouts.
Lindberg, who also proved to be among the very best in female
boxing, falls to 5-1-2 (1KO).